5 Modern Takes on Brown Lipstick

Is brown lipstick making a comeback for fall? Perhaps… here are five more modern takes on brown (at least, to me) that switch it up by adding brown tones or changing the finishes. What are your favorite shades of brown from the past and present?

  1. Maybelline Touchable Taupe — a soft, muted rosy brown
  2. OCC Marion — a medium, rosy brown
  3. Too Faced Sweet Maple — a warm, plummy brown
  4. NARS Cythere — a metallic beige-brown
  5. NARS Deborah — a lightly glossy, reddish-brown

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Round-up: OCC Unknown Pleasures Collection Overview & Thoughts

OCC Unknown Pleasures Collection
OCC Unknown Pleasures Collection

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ fall collection, Unknown Pleasures has a good mix of more unique, non-traditional lip colors paired with a few interesting takes on more traditional lip colors that still manage to be more unique than not.  It’s always fun to see matching nail polishes with the lip colors, in case Lip Tars aren’t your thing.  Overall, I really liked the collection, though I didn’t care for the thinner, runnier consistency of Vain and Pagan Lip Tars, but the collection gave us Technopagan Lip Tar, which is a knock-your-socks-off kind of a color.

Sephora was supposed to launch it earlier this week, but no sign of it yet, but it is available at Beautylish and occmakeup.com.  

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OCC Lament Lip Tar

OCC Lament Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “neutral rose beige.” It’s a light-medium, muted orange–not quite peach, not quite true orange, and it’s not as bright as you might expected. Melt Cosmetics Summer! (P, $19.00) is brighter. MAC Enchanted One (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is more muted, more beige. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is slightly darker. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is pinker. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is darker. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is yellower. MAC Nearly Nude (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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OCC Lament Lip Tar
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Lament
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
96%

OCC Covet Lip Tar

OCC Covet Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “buff neutral.” It’s a light-medium, orange beige with strong, warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Tropical Buzz (LE, $22.00) is more orange, darker. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less orange. NARS Floralies (P, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Sheer Mandarin (LE, $17.00) is more orange, darker, shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Banjee (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter, more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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OCC Covet Lip Tar
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Covet
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%

OCC Manhunter Lip Tar (Metallic)

OCC Manhunter Lip Tar (Metallic) ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “red-orange with golden shimmer.” It’s a vibrant, orange-red with warm undertones and a very fine, coppery-gold metallic shimmer. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is redder. Chanel Enigmatique (135) (P, $34.00) is more muted, redder. Milani Cherry Crave (P, $5.49) is redder. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Super NSFW (P, $18.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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OCC Manhunter Lip Tar (Metallic)
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Metallic Lip Tar Manhunter
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
94%

OCC Pagan Lip Tar

OCC Pagan Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “blackened purple.” It’s a deep, dark purple with cool undertones and a lightly shiny finish. This color also was prone to staining anything and everything it came into contact with nearly instantly, so be careful when applying! Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) was the only shade that was even worth mentioning, but it is a lot lighter and more muted. OCC Technopagan really doesn’t resemble this, just as a reference. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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OCC Pagan Lip Tar
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Pagan
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
78%